Fuentezuelas Explosion

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Published Thursday, December 13, 2018

A fireworks explosion yesterday in Queretaro killed five people and injured 55 others, while a 10-meter Castillo in Mexico state fell and injured four spectators at a festival on Sunday.

Early yesterday in Fuentezuelas, Tequisquiapan, residents had gathered in the town's church to celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe when 11 kilograms of fireworks exploded.

Panicked citizens ran from the scene to escape the exploding rockets but many were unable to get away and suffered burns of varying degrees. Two of those killed were children. Municipal authorities conducted an operation in September to crack down on the illegal sale of fireworks.

After yesterday's explosion, they seized more than 4,600 rockets that were being stored in Fuentezuelas.

Late Sunday, meanwhile, a Castillo, or castle, a common element of a fireworks display, fell just after it was lit on the esplanade across from Zumpango municipal headquarters.

The structure had been tied to a pole for support but fell regardless into a crowd of hundreds of people who had gathered for Immaculate Conception festivities. Of the four people hurt, two were reported in serious condition.
Source: DORRIS

Fuentezuelas Explosion Facts

Power: 0
Affected Area: 5 km.
Alert Level: Yellow
Category: Safety
Response: Avoid
Severity: Extreme
Urgency: Immediate
Certainty: Observed

Killed: 5
Injured: 55

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